• Fashion

    7 Stylish Down Coats To Wear Now

    Winter has come a bit early to the United States this year. Earlier this week, every single one of the 50 states saw temperatures at 32 degrees or below; yes, that includes Hawaii. We can’t deny it any longer: it’s time to bust out the puffy down coats. But even if your winter puffer leaves you feeling like a human sleeping bag, we can help. Fashion designers and brands are finally catching on to our desire to look at least somewhat stylish in our warmest outerwear. Italian sportswear brand Fay has a series of quilted coats with feminine silhouettes and a metallic sheen that are perfect for layering when you’re…

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  • Burn For Burn
    Book Reviews

    Audiobook Review: Burn For Burn

      Burn For Burn By Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian September 18, 2012 Ages 14 and up Simon Audio / Simon & Schuster Reviewed: ARC & Audiobook       JENNA’S REVIEW Audiobook Review For me, the audiobook was definitely the way to go with this book. Read by Joy Osmanski, Madeleine Maby and Rebekkah Ross as the three main characters, the personalities given to these girls were far better than the voices I heard in my head when I attempted to read the book first (yes, I read “in character”). The vocals are much less obnoxious and grating on the nerves than they were in my head (why my…

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  • Book Review: Breathless
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    Book Review: Breathless

        Breathless By Cole Gibsen Published March 21, 2012 Crescent Moon Press Paperback       JEN’S REVIEW: That’s right! We’re back with yet another mermaid story! I just can’t get enough of these. Today’s spotlight is on BREATHLESS by Cole Gibsen. I came across Breathless months ago and counted down the days till its release. The cover immediately caught my attention. Yes, the young woman standing provocatively in a prom dress is beginning to become exceedingly cliché, but the fact that the cover revealed a woman underwater drew me in. I knew it could possibly only mean one thing – Mermaids! And I was right. Gibsen’s portrayal of mermaids was…

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  • Breaking Point
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    Breaking Point Blog Tour: Book Review, Excerpt + Giveaway

      Breaking Point By Kristen Simmons February 12, 2013 Ages 13 and up Tor Teen         ARTICLE 5 by Kristen Simmons was the first book to earn a perfect score from me here on the blog. But did the sequel, BREAKING POINT, continue the winning trend? You bet’cha. BREAKING POINT picks up almost immediately where ARTICLE 5 left off, the voice of the young girl, Ember, continues to carry us through her government-run society. Ember’s world is so tragically and realistically described, one could easily imagine that it could one day be our own. That alone is a terrifying thought, as situations to the likes of which have not…

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  • Boundless
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    Book Review + Giveaway: Boundless by Cynthia Hand

      Boundless By Cynthia Hand January 22, 2013 Ages 13 and up HarperTeen Reviewed: ARC from Publisher       JENNA’S REVIEW I’ll admit that the Unearthly series by Cynthia Hand started off as just “average” to me. UNEARTHLY was “good”, HALLOWED was “great”, but BOUNDLESS, the final book in the Unearthly series, was absolutely FANTASTIC! Through the series we get to see Cynthia’s writing mature much like the character, Clara. Initially, I thought that Clara was a self-absorbed, practically spineless teenager with few redeeming qualities. But in BOUNDLESS, there is plenty of evidence of her maturity, as well as her mental and physical growth. The qualities that I hated about Clara in book one are…

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  • Bloodrose
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    Book Review: Bloodrose

    Bloodrose By Andrea Cremer January 3, 2012 Ages 14 and up Philomel Reviewed: Hardcover/Self-purchase         HOLLI’S REVIEW “Do you still want Ren?” I listened to my own heartbeat for a minute before answering. “Yes.” “That’s one hot mess, Cal.” Ansel smiled at me. I milked this book for a week before I finally ripped off the Band-Aid and finished it up! Needless to say, I am one hot mess myself and I have a million things going on inside this brain of mine that I want to discuss. Unfortunately there is just not enough room, time, or patience on my part to hit them all, so bear…

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  • Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
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    Book Review: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

    Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea By April Genevieve Tucholke August 15, 2013 Ages 14 and up Dial / Penguin USA Reviewed: ARC from Publisher         JENNA’S REVIEW While beautifully crafted, BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA by April Genevieve Tucholke leaves me between a rock and a hard place when it comes to drafting my review of the book. As much as I wanted to enjoy the dark and unsettling atmosphere of the story, one of which I would typically salivate all over, too many unrealistic conveniences and a complete disconnect between me and the characters kept me from fully immersing myself into the book. But…

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  • Arise
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    Book Review + Giveaway: Arise

    Arise By Tara Hudson June 5, 2012 HarperTeen Reviewed: ARC from publisher           JENNA’S REVIEW: Fans of Hereafter will find even more to love with ARISE, the second installment in Tara Hudson’s deathly romantic series. But be prepared, all is not well with Amelia in this chapter. The story starts off with the Amelia, Joshua and his family heading to New Orleans for Christmas vacation. After an unfortunate encounter with demons who apparently want to take Amelia by any means necessary (even to the point of hurting those she loves) Amelia is left thinking that she is a danger if she sticks around Joshua. Much of the plot is centered…

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  • An Abundance of Katherines
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    Audiobook Review: An Abundance of Katherines

    An Abundance of Katherines By John Green Read by Jeff Woodman September 21, 2006 Brilliance Audio / Speak Reviewed: Audiobook   JENNA’S REVIEW About the audiobook: AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES is definitely a story that works better in physical book format rather than as an audiobook. The book is full of diagrams, formulas and other mathematical equations that make much more sense when looked at rather than listened to. It is for this reason alone that I recommend you read this one, rather than listen to it. Even still, the narrator, Jeff Woodman, is one of my favorite audiobook readers. He is also the reader for John Green’s LOOKING FOR ALASKA,…

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